January 2023 Conference

Annual Virtual Conference Series | 2023

Risk Assessment of Older Adults: Practical Tools for Early Detection and Intervention of Elder Abuse

Tuesday, January 31st 2023
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

EAPO’s Annual Provincial conference is coming!

This year, EAPO is excited to be  hosting our FREE virtual conference series on Elder Abuse Prevention!dedicated to bringing together experts, practitioners, community partners, researchers, and older adults to share knowledge and practical tools for assessing risk to provide early intervention and response to elder abuse.

Details on the Leading Expert Speakers and Agenda coming soon!

Be sure to join us for our FREE virtual conference.

David Burns

Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculity of Social Work, University of Toronto 

Dr. Burnes holds a Canada Research Chair on Preventing the Mistreatment of Older Adults. Dr. Burnes completed a PhD at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City, concentrating in gerontology and advanced practice. His program of research focuses on issues related to elder abuse and ageism, including the development of basic science and interventions to prevent the mistreatment of older adults.

He has advised major international organizations on these topics, such as the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health. He also advises different levels of government and non-profit organizations, such as state-level adult protective services programs, on the development and implementation of elder abuse support programs and prevention strategies.

Session: Engagement and Disclosure Issues for Victims of Elder Abuse.

Jennifer  Storey, PhD, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Forensic Psychology, the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, UK

Jennifer E. Storey, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Forensic Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, UK. Her research focuses on the abuse of older adults, stalking, intimate partner violence and violence risk assessment and management. She is currently working on a grant with the World Health Organization examining the consequences, risk and protective factors for older abuse. Dr Storey is the author of a violence risk assessment tool for the abuse of older people called the Harm to Older Persons Evaluation or HOPE and is presently working on a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the USA to develop a risk assessment tool for the abuse of older adults with dementia. Dr Storey has also provided risk assessment and safety skills training to social workers, nurses, police, and mental health professionals.

Session: HOPE for the risk assessment and management of older adult abuse.

Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D.,Director, Institute of Gerontology and Professor of Psychology, The Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute.

Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of The Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. He is also a Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Master’s and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University. After his internship he completed a post doctoral fellowship in geriatric neuropsychology at the University of Virginia Medical School where he also became a faculty member. A clinician and researcher throughout his career Dr. Lichtenberg, one of the first board certified Clinical Geropsychologists in the nation, has made contributions to the practice of psychology across a variety of areas including in Alzheimer’s disease, medical rehabilitation and with those suffering from late life depression. He is particularly interested in the area of intersection between financial capacity and financial exploitation; finding ways to balance autonomy and protection for older adults. He created several person-centered financial decision-making and vulnerability scales which all can be accessed on the website https://olderadultnestegg.com. He has authored 7 books and over 200 scientific articles in Geropsychology including being the senior editor for the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology. He serves as the 2022 President of the Gerontological Society of America.

Session: Evidence-based risk assessment tools in the assessment of financial exploitation.

Margaret MacPherson

Research Associate, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC), Western University

Margaret is a Research Associate with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC) at Western University in London Ontario. Margaret designs and develops curriculum and related materials on a number of initiatives including the Make It Our Business, workplace domestic violence program, and It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults. Margaret is passionate in her belief that everyone has an important contribution to make in creating safe and supportive environments at work and in our communities.

Session: When Issues Collide: Domestic Violence, Dementia & Caregiving

Amber Wardell, Learning and Development Coordinator for the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH).

Amber has worked for over 15 years as a community educator, coordinator, social justice advocate and counsellor for survivors of gender-based violence in rural communities. Amber utilizes an intersectional feminist framework with an emphasis on an overall lifespan developmental perspective. As Coordinator of OAITH’s Aging Without Violence Project (2018-2020), Amber assisted in developing new tools and resources focused on ending violence against older women in Ontario.

Session: Violence Across the Lifespan: Understanding & Responding to Violence Against Older Women in Ontario

Bénédicte Schoepflin, Executive Director, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (She/her)

Bénédicte has worked with CNPEA since 2015 and became its Executive Director in 2018. Originally from Avignon, France, Bénédicte now lives and works on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, known today as Vancouver. Bénédicte previously worked for the BC Law Institute and its division, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, as Communications Director before dedicating herself full time to CNPEA.

Jessica Hsieh  BA (Hons.), MSW, PhD Candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, with a specialization in gerontology, from the University of Toronto and her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University. Her PhD research is focused on elder abuse of persons living with dementia by their adult child caregivers. Jessica has extensive experience in research project management. Most recently, she has led a diverse range of research projects focused on elder abuse within the community, the impacts of the opioid crisis among seniors, palliative care education, seniors’ financial literacy, knowledge mobilization among older adults, and human trafficking of the elderly.

Session: Stopping Older Person Gender-Based Violence in Women 55+ Through Promising Practices (STOP-GBV 55+).

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